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Aug 5, 2019 - July Attendance
ATTENDANCE July 2019 1 Olivia Wiebe 27 2 Kayla Diaz 24 2 Natalia Ladha 24 2 Frank Vincze 24 5 Alex Diaz 23 6 Camryn Britto 20 7 Caitly Britto 17 8 Darly Yin 16 9 Cameron Corbett 15 9 Justin Fox 15...
Jul 19, 2019 - June Attendance
ATTENDANCE June 2019 1 Olivia Wiebe 31 2 Camryn Britto 28 2 Maya Sorunmu 28 4 Caitlyn Britto 26 5 Cameron Corbett 25 6 Jade Renaud 21 7 Frank Vincze 19 8 Darly Yin 18 9 John Corbett 16 9 Alex Diaz...
Jun 18, 2019 - May Attendance
ATTENDANCE May 2019 1 Olivia Wiebe 25 2 John Corbett 20 2 Darly Yin 20 4 Alex Diaz 19 4 Kayla Diaz 19 4 Jade Renaud 19 4 Maya Sorunmu 19 4 Frank Vincze 19 9 Sofia Olea 18 10 Caitlyn Britto 17 10 C...
May 13, 2019 - April Attendance
ATTENDANCE April 2019 1 Olivia Wiebe 25 2 Alex Diaz 21 3 Darly Yin 20 4 Caitlyn Britto 19 4 Kayla Diaz 19 6 Camryn Britto 18 6 Frank Vincze 18 8 Giuliana DeMaria 15 8 Sofia Olea 15 10 Zacc Carrera...
Apr 5, 2019 - March Attendance
ATTENDANCE March 2019 1 Olivia Wiebe 25 2 Frank Vincze 22 3 Maya Sorunmu 21 3 Darly Yin 21 5 Camryn Britto 20 5 Sofia Olea 20 5 Jade Renaud 20 8 Kayla Diaz 19 9 Zac Carerra 18 10 Caitlyn Britto 17...
Mar 11, 2019 - Top attendance February
ATTENDANCE February 2019 1 Olivia Wiebe 23 2 Alex Diaz 21 3 Camryn Britto 20 3 Kayla Diaz 20 5 Caitlyn Britto 19 5 Nicholas Diaz 19 5 Frank Vincze 19 5 Darly Yin 19 9 Zac Carerra 18 9 Jade Renaud 18...
Feb 18, 2019 - Top attendance january
ATTENDANCE January 2019 1 Olivia Wiebe 26 2 Darly Yin 24 3 Jade Renaud 23 4 Cameron Corbett 22 4 Eva Renaud 22 6 Caitlyn Britto 21 6 Camryn Britto 21 8 Jacob Price 20 8 Maya Sorunmu 20 10 John Corbe...
Mar 23, 2017 - In coach's rant, a lesson for parents and athletes
In Coach's Rant, a Lesson for Parents and Athletes (CNN) If you've been on Facebook this week, chances are you've seen someone share comments made by Geno Auriemma, coach of the University of Conne...
Mar 8, 2017 - Team Effort
Dear SwimFast Teammates and Families. Recently I was asked about our championship caps. (The BLACK CAPS!) We have used these for several years and they signify something special. Championships are a...
Feb 23, 2017 - 7 Ways Swim Meets Prepare Our Kids for the Real World
7 Ways Swim Meets Prepare Our Kids for the Real World Courtesy of Elizabeth Wickham (On SwimSwam) Swim meets are a world upon themselves. They can be stressful, fun and a wild roller coaster ride. If...
Feb 23, 2017 - Robin Williams As "The Flag"
On Tuesday, Coach John gave a talk to the senior and Age Group 1 swimmers relating to this. Coach John would like for our swimmers to take time to watch Robin Williams as "The Flag". A great reminder...
Jan 23, 2017 - Great Things Happen When You Put Your Mind To It
Great Things Happen When You Put Your Mind To It By Don Swartz, ASCA Hall of Fame Coach TK came to workout yesterday and shared the following with us. We continually talk about these kinds of things...
Dec 16, 2016 - Character
To SwimFast Parents, A coach asked me today about my 4 PM group. I told them this was the ?best group I have ever coached in 46 years of coaching, not about swimming, but about CHARACTER. THEY ...
Nov 3, 2016 - Geena - CCSA Swimmer of the Week
Congratulations to Geena Squartino for being selected at the CCSA's Swimmer of the Week! Keep up the great work Geena!
Sep 27, 2016 - Want to Raise Successful Daughters? Science Says Nag the Heck Out of Them
Want to Raise Successful Daughters? Science Says Nag the Heck Out of Them For tweens, eye-rolling and backtalk really means, 'Thank you for the helpful advice. I shall endeavor to act accordingly.' BY...
Sep 13, 2016 - PERMANANT STROKE SCHOOL 1 & 2 SCHEDULE CHANGE
Beginning this week, we will no longer be having Stroke School 1 & 2 class from 6 pm - 7 pm on FRIDAYS. All Stroke School 1 & 2 swimmers will practice between the 5 pm - 6 pm on Fridays. If you are un...
Aug 25, 2016 - Super Families: Secrets of Raising Successful Children
Aug 19, 2016 - New Pre-Comp Groups Assigned
Pre-comp will be split into two groups starting Monday, August 22nd at 5 pm and 5:30 pm. Please see the following times for your swimmers below and attend the times assigned so we can best serve all o...
Aug 16, 2016 - Quote of the Week
"In order to Succeed we must first believe that we can." - Nikos Kazantzakis Nikos Kazantzakis was a greek writer who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in nine different years.
Aug 15, 2016 - SCHEDULE CHANGE
Starting next Monday, August 22nd, we will be returning to our school schedule & Pre-Comp will be assigned to either the 5 pm or 5:30 pm timeslot. Morning Practices: Returning to 5-6:30 AM Monday, We...
Aug 5, 2016 - Thank you to all of our SwimFast Families
Thank you to all of our SwimFast families for making last week Coach Appreciation week. We look forward to having an excellent short course season! All the best, Your SwimFast Coaches
Jul 29, 2016 - Thank you to the Pine Island Pool Staff
"The SwimFast staff appreciates and draws the attention of our team members to the highly professional lifeguard staff at Pine Island Pool, under the long leadership of Pool Manager Rochelle Kelvos, ...
Jul 22, 2016 - Quote of the Week
"To improve your self-image, do something for someone else." - Zig Ziglar
Jul 18, 2016 - IT?S ALL ABOUT THE TEAM.
IT?S ALL ABOUT THE TEAM. By John Leonard We are a Character Based Team. Anyone not interested in that, belongs in another place. It?s the only reason we coach. Every day, we do all we can to ...
Jul 13, 2016 - Persist Without Exception
? Persist Without Exception? John Leonard I am writing this to the 5% of our team who want to be GOOD at swimming. And perhaps it will be a lesson for the 25% who want to be GOOD at li...
Jul 11, 2016 - IM Xtreme Scores
Congratulations to our swimmers that have posted top IMX Scores as of 6/14/2016 in our LSC this season! Keep up the fast swimming! Sara Levin is ranked 3rd for 9 & Unders in our LSC Jodi Kennedy is ...
Jul 11, 2016 - What Levels of Training Result in National Team Level Performance?
What Levels of Training Result in National Team Level Performance? One of the vital pieces of data that coaches need to know is a simple one. How much work is required to excel?.specifically to the le...
Jul 7, 2016 - Academic Excellence - Jade Renaud
Congratulations to Jade Renaud for being awarded for Academic Excellence at her school in June!
Jul 1, 2016 - Man on the Moon
Man on the Moon Don Swartz/Theo St. Francis In 1962 President JFK (John Kennedy) declared in a speech at Rice University that the United States would put a man on the moon. People were utterly flabber...
Jun 20, 2016 - Practice Schedule Next Week
Please see next week's practice schedule (June 27th-July 1st) for every group: THERE WILL BE NO PRE-COMP, STROKE SCHOOL 1, 2 OR 3 (GUY'S GROUP) FROM MONDAY, JUNE 27TH THROUGH MONDAY, JULY 4TH DUE TO...
Jun 20, 2016 - Happy Belated Father's Day
Happy Belated Father's Day to all of our SwimFast dads! Thank you for your contributions and daily sacrifices to help make our team succeed. Coach Jackie
Jun 17, 2016 - Quote of the Week
"It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you down. It is the pebble in your shoe." -- Muhammad Ali
Jun 10, 2016 - Summer Schedule Starts on Monday
SUMMER SWIMFAST TRAINING SCHEDULE This schedule begins on JUNE 13TH and continues until JULY 24TH, 2016 SENIOR GROUP Monday through Friday 6-8 AM. LONG COURSE. Monday through Fri...
Jun 8, 2016 - Racing As A Way to Improve
Racing As A Way to Improve World famous Coach David Salo of University of Southern California gave a talk last year called ?Swim Like the Cheetah Runs?. HIS MAIN POINT WAS THAT WHEN WE RACE WI...
Jun 7, 2016 - This Is Your Swimming
This Is Your Swimming By Don Swartz So a horse walks into the bar, sits down and the bartender comes over and says, ?So why the long face?? Think about the challenge in this way; the distance between ...
Jun 2, 2016 - SwimFast Summer Social - Marlins Game
Jun 1, 2016 - Quote of the Week
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. A...
May 26, 2016 - Student of the Month - Camryn Britto
Congratulations to Camryn Britto for being awarded Student of the Month for May at her school for tolerance. She received the certificate in recognition for her efforts to consistently exhibit toleran...
May 25, 2016 - June Mini Meet Moved to June 15th, 2016
SAVE THE DATE The June Mini Meet has been rescheduled to June 15th, 2016. Coach Jackie
May 24, 2016 - Quote of the Week
?Winning can be about a lot more than winning medals. Winning is about just doing better, and doing something that you have not done before - that?s when you see the spirit of sport.? ...
May 12, 2016 - IM READY HIGH POINT WINNERS!
Congratulations to our IM Ready Meet High Point winners! Let's keep it up!
May 4, 2016 - Can you drop 100 seconds off your time this summer?
Can you drop 100 seconds off your time this summer? This summer season, we are doing a contest to see how many swimmers can drop 100 seconds in an event in one season. This is the same for swimming an...
May 3, 2016 - Stroke School April Attendance
Stroke School Attendance for April 2016 1st - 86%: Camila Ruiz 2nd - 76%: Paola Escobar & Samuel Henao 3rd - 71%: Lukas Betancur 4th - 57%: Makaila Blanchard & Tamalia Blanchard 5th - 52%: Julia ...
May 3, 2016 - Get Smart! - Tudor Student of the Month Award
Congratulations to Tudor Maftei for being awarded Student of the Month for March at his school for character. He received the certificate in recognition for his efforts to consistently exhibit good ch...
Apr 8, 2016 - March Stroke School Attendance
Stroke School Attendance for March 2016 1st - 70%: Camila Ruiz 2nd - 61%: Paola Escobar 3rd - 52%: Makalia Blanchard, Tamalia Blanchard, & Tudor Maftei 4th - 48%: Samuel Henao, Nicole Perez, Rober...
Apr 4, 2016 - Words of Patrick Murphy - Alabama Softball
Apr 1, 2016 - Jamie Nolan - Student of the Month for March at School
Congratulations to Jamie Nolan for being awarded Student of the Month for March at her school for self-control. She received the certificate in recognition for her efforts to consistently exhibit good...
Mar 29, 2016 - NBC Announces 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Television Schedule
Mar 25, 2016 - Meet Schedule for Summer/Fall/Winter 2016
Mar 14, 2016 - February Stroke School Attendance 2016
Stroke School Attendance for February 2016 1st - 76%: Makaila Blanchard, Paola Escobar, & Ian Ruiz 2nd - 71%: Nicole Perez, & Valentin Zapata 3rd - 66%: Camila Ruiz, Estafano Ruiz, Tamalia Blanchar...
Mar 14, 2016 - Intention and Levers
Intention and Levers By Don Swartz & Ken DeMont "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world." Archimedes Laura, an actual swimmer on our team, swam a 5...
Feb 18, 2016 - Lifetime Bests for Geena Squartino at Conference Championship
- News Flash - GEENA SQUARTINO - lifelong member of SwimFast, went Lifetime Bests of 1:54 in the 200 free and 4:57 in the 500 free at her conference champs. The 4:57 has been a long time coming and ...
Feb 8, 2016 - Who Is Your Training Partner?
Who Is Your Training Partner? By Swim Coach Direct Sunday, February 7, 2016 You pretty much always swim faster in a race than by yourself in a time trial at the practice pool. Why do you suppose tha...
Feb 2, 2016 - January 2016 Stroke School Attendance
Stroke School Attendance for January 2016 1st - 75%: Lucas Zapata 2nd - 70%: Paola Escobar 3rd - 65%: Frank Vincze 4th - 60%: Julia Blyke, Robert Ros, Camila Ruiz, Valentin Zapata 5th - 55%: Dust...
Feb 1, 2016 - Life Skill Demonstration
Congratulations to Nakai who was voted at her school as Student of the Month for January! The school selected the receipent on the character trait for "kindness." The award ceremony took place on Frid...
Jan 29, 2016 - Swim Meet Procedures and Choices
Swim Meet Procedures and Choices By John Leonard Dear Parents, A reasonable and fair question for parents to ask, is ? why is my child swimming the events in swim meets that the coaches select ...
Jan 27, 2016 - Spelling Bee Champs!
Congratulations to Arizel Sosa for placing 1st and Ariana Sosa for placing 2nd in their school's Spelling Bee competition! Way to go girls!
Jan 21, 2016 - Raising the Bar in Youth Sports
Jan 20, 2016 - Rust Never Sleeps
Rust Never Sleeps By Don Swartz Rust Never Sleeps is an album released July 2, 1979 by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young and American band Crazy Horse . Young used the title "rust never sleeps...
Jan 18, 2016 - Ryan Hall - Sunday NY Times
From the Sunday NY Times, Jan. 17 "I've failed over and over and over again throughout my career" he said "I know what its like to fail on the biggest stage, like the Olympics. It?s a bummer; I don...
Jan 4, 2016 - Why Be Unhappy with Your Swim Meet IF You Are Not Unhappy with Your Training?
?Why Be Unhappy with Your Swim Meet IF You Are Not Unhappy with Your Training?? By John Leonard Every once in awhile, I see an athlete on our team leaning on ?somebody? (Mommy, Daddy, teammate)...
Dec 1, 2015 - Turkey Award for Nakai
We hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving this past week. Earlier this month, Nakai Chinogwenya won a Turkey at the Pompano Turkey Classic. To qualify for the all-around awards, the swimmer must p...
Nov 30, 2015 - Chop Wood, Haul Water
?Chop Wood, Haul Water? By John Leonard In my office is a metal bucket filled with water. And a log with an axe attached to it. They are there to remind myself and our staff, of the ancient Chin...
Nov 24, 2015 - Three Phases to Learning
The Three Phases of Learning By John Leonard Watching winter champs this weekend had its frustrating moments. I saw a lot of my wonderful 4 PM group at various times look A) GREAT! B) Ordinary C...
Nov 23, 2015 - To Be Thankful
To Be Thankful What are you thankful for? Who is thankful for you? Who have you thanked this last week? If you missed an opportunity to say ?thanks? do it now or really soon. What you need will come t...
Nov 16, 2015 - Training Versus Exercise
?Training Versus Exercise? By John Leonard When a child comes to swimming and has not been athletically active in their 5-7 years of life, Any and All Exercise IS GOOD! (Get the ...
Oct 26, 2015 - Why The Mile?
Why the Mile? By John Leonard Those of you who have been with us for a while now realize that at SwimFast we emphasize the mile for young swimmers. A reasonable question is WHY? And there ...
Oct 14, 2015 - Why We Swim The Events That We Swim...
Why We Swim The Events That We Swim? By John Leonard A reasonable question for parents in swimming is how coaches select events for athletes at swim meets. There are a number of ?methods and r...
Oct 13, 2015 - A Winner Gets His Dues
A Winner Gets His Due By Don Swartz Last year when Yaroslav went to Cal Poly as a freshman he was denied a spot as a walk on. He was not deemed fast enough by the coach. He could have quit; cou...
Oct 12, 2015 - Swimsuits
Swimsuits: Why we Wear What We Wear By John Leonard Swimsuits ? years ago, it was sooooo simple. Now, we have high tech suits (Technical suits) that focus on coverage and ?compression of the bod...
Oct 8, 2015 - The Value and Virtue of Hard Work
The Value and Virtue of Hard Work By John Leonard At SwimFast, our coaches all believe the value of Hard Work. In any field of endeavor, we believe a young person with a strong understanding of ...
Oct 5, 2015 - Age Group Athletes - How to Have NO LIMITS on Your Future Performance
For Our Age Group Athletes: How to Have NO LIMITS on Your Future Performance. By John Leonard In presentations I provide to parents and coaches all over the world, the conversation comes to tea...
Sep 30, 2015 - The Most Important Factor in Swimmer Improvement
The Most Important Factor in Swimmer Improvement By John Leonard Dear Parents, On our pool fence, we have a 40 foot sign that reads ?the Immutable Rules of Improvement?. The First Rule is...
Jul 28, 2014 - Geena wins 1500 free at Senior Champs
SwimFast swimmers broke a bunch of team records at Senior Champs and had two individual finalists. Geena Squartino finaled in 400 free, 1500 free, 200 fly and 400 IM setting records in all but the 15...
Jul 21, 2014 - Congratulations Jodi Kennedy Wins 200 fly at JO's
Jodi Kennedy won the 200 butterfly at the Junior Olympics meet in Plantation setting a new team record.
Jul 21, 2014 - Congratulations Cameron Thomas second in 1500 free at JO's.
Cameron Thomas finished second in the 13-14 Girls 1500 free at JO's with a new Sectional Cut.
Jul 21, 2014 - Many team records set at JO's
Jodi Kennedy broke the 11-12 girls 100 and 200 fly and 400 IM records. Allora Williams broke the 50 and 100 free and 50 and 100 back records. Julinna Villarta broke all the 13-14 girls breast stroke...
Oct 3, 2012 - Respect and Appreciation
Respect and Appreciation. By John Leonard, Head Coach, SwimFast Nothing is more important to the Coaching Staff at SwimFast, than teaching Life Skills to young people. Swimming well, swimming fa...
Jul 15, 2012 - Swimming: Culture Matters
Swimming: culture matters OMAHA ? Matt Grevers had just come off a dominating win in the 100 backstroke here at the U.S. swim Trials. It was late at night. He was walking across the bridge that conn...
Jun 13, 2012 - Develop People
Here?s a Wonderful Idea for Every Team?.. By John Leonard, ASCA From the Netflix Corporation?..? We develop people by giving them the opportunity to develop themselves, by surrounding them with...
Nov 23, 2011 - Breaststroke Pull
One of the more challenging swimming skills to teach our children is that the hands MUST sweep wider than the elbows before turning in and down and accelerating back to the center line. MANY of our ch...
May 9, 2011 - How to Attend a Swim Meet
Apr 22, 2011 - Small People Do Grow Up
Small people do grow up!! Amy Kranz- Age 7 with Coach JL
Apr 15, 2011 - World Class Parents
Parents?? So, you want to offer your child the opportunity to be a world-class athlete?.? By John Leonard If the above sentence doesn?t scare the bejeezus out of you as a coach reading it, ...
Feb 10, 2010 - Parental Education
Pre and Post Race Conversations with Athlete By john Leonard If you?ve been to swim meets, you will have noticed that both before a race and immediately after a race, the coach speaks with your chil...
Jan 27, 2010 - Training Versus Learning
Training Versus Learning By john Leonard Last week I was speaking to a young coach who had just taken a new job. His specific problem was that the coach that was there before he was, had everyone ?tra...
Jan 26, 2008 - Persist Without Exception
Persist Without Exception By Jackson W. Leonard A common essay prompt I have seen for many years is ?Explain a single pivotal moment in your life and its impact?. After consideration, I have decided t...
Nov 17, 2007 - Our first topic is "Strokework" and what it means and what we do about it at Swi
I am sure you will agree that one of the components of happy organizations is good communications. My aim is to regularly send you information via email, and included in that information will be educa...
Mar 6, 2007 - "Swimming Away from Success"
This morning i want to talk about a subject that is important to understand, and, i am sure "counter-intuitive" for parents. The most common reaction we have as parents when our child is very successf...
Feb 26, 2007 - Rethinking the Womens-200 Meter Freestyle
A During the past great summer of swimming, the best 4x 200 meter freestyle swims by American Women Swimmers were as follows: 1.58.02, 1.58.50, 1.58.7, and 1.59.3.. Needless to say, that?s pretty dogg...
Feb 21, 2007 - Interesting info.
spoke today with the Coach of the Olympic Champion in the 100 meters for women, Jodie Henry of Australia. (Coach Shannon Rollason) Prior to Athens, Jodie was working for 40,000 a week in 8-9 sessions ...
Feb 20, 2007 - A few bits of interesting information that came up during the meet this weekend.
1. One arm drills - i use one arm drills in free, fly and back for a number of reasons. These include isolating one limb at a time to focus on correct positioning and correct motion and correct timing...
Feb 1, 2007 - Greetings Everyone!
A quick note this week on one of the most important topics in swimming... which is... "how hard should I 'push' my child?" This question has been around since the beginning of Age Group Swimming in th...
Jan 27, 2007 - Hello Swim Parents!
Today I'd like to spend a few minutes of your valuable time discussing the equipment that I believe is important for your child to bring to practice. While everyone's funds are limited, and I realize ...